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Good gloves for riding in the rain but the seams are irritating.
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Bioflex Glove Zero
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Pull the Bioflex Glove Zero gloves on your hands and they immediately feel like a pair of scuba diving gloves. The extremely long cuff ensures there's a generous overlap with your jacket, so there's no chance of water running down the arms of your jacket and into the gloves that way. They do make your hands look like something out a cartoon, a result of the thick neoprene.

On the handlebars you notice how squishy they are; that's good for comfort. However, their thickness does isolate you a little, though you still have a pretty good feel of the controls.

In the rain, these gloves work brilliantly. Neoprene is a good material for wet weather riding because it works not by keeping the rain out, but insulating against the chill. Eventually your hands will get wet, but unlike with other gloves, your hands won't freeze when they get soggy.

The downside to this is the lack of breathability that is neoprene's downfall, which eventually leads to sweaty hands. I used these gloves in heavy rain, in reasonably warm temperatures, and didn't find them lacking breathability quite as much as other gloves, certainly enough that I didn't get excessively sweaty in them. There's no getting away from the clammy feeling though when you remove them, revealing prunes for fingers. For some it may be a small price to pay for guaranteed warm hands in freezing rain.

They will suit some people better than others. I suffer from shockingly bad circulation and my hands will freeze up at the hint of a drop in temperature, so I found these the perfect accompaniment to the current weather, wet but not excessively cold. Having functioning hands in freezing rain and hail is enough to make any other issues fade away.

The biggest blemish for these gloves is the seams can be felt on your fingers and hands, and while this doesn't cause discomfort, it does mean they're not the most comfortable gloves you could wear. Given how good they are in the rain though it's perhaps a small price to pay, and after a while you don't really notice it, especially when the rain is pinging off your face and dropping off the end of your nose.

If you can put up with the slightly clammy feeling and occasionally sweaty hands, these are an excellent choice for riding in the rain. I'd like to see them working on the construction and remove the internal stitching - Castelli's Diluvio gloves manage to get around this with thermally welded inside seams. 

Verdict

Good gloves for riding in the rain but the seams are irritating.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Bioflex Glove Zero

Size tested: Black L/XL

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Neoprene gloves for riding in the rain

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Neoprene is really good for riding in the rain, as despite still allowing the water in, your hands don't feel the chill, keeping the heat in.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Good construction, but the seams, placed along the side of the fingers, is noticeable when you're riding, and just a little uncomfortable.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

They do what all neoprene gloves set out to do, keeping your hands from feeling the chill when riding in heavy rain. Only the seams lets them down a bit.

The super long cuff is a very nice touch though

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

They squishyness gives surprisingly good comfort on longer rides, but the clammy feeling won't suit everyone. If you really want to ride in the rain and not get frozen fingers, it's a small price to pay.

Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

They're £10 cheaper than Castelli's neoprene gloves, though the Castellis do have better seam placement which leads to less discomfort.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

For riding in heavy rain, these are the gloves I leave the house wearing. They're fine for shorter rides, but on longer rides I'm not a fan of the clammy feeling.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good fit and the huge long cuff that ensures a good overlap with the sleeves of my jacket.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The seams which bring down the comfort a bit.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes mostly.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Very good gloves for riding in the rain, but I'd like to see the seams better managed to improve comfort.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

 

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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noginn [6 posts] 2 years ago
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Last year I bought a pair of wet suit gloves from LOMO. Pretty much the same thing but cheaper.

http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/5mm-beoprene-diving-gloves.html

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Wookie [233 posts] 2 years ago
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noginn wrote:

Last year I bought a pair of wet suit gloves from LOMO. Pretty much the same thing but cheaper.

http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/5mm-beoprene-diving-gloves.html

As noginn said they look like and I’m guessing they probably are wet suit gloves which are available for around £10 and come in both 3mm and 5mm thickness